$98 / night
Price for guests, Nights

Bay Leaf Cottage – Home 237663 House

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Beach/lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 mi
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Bay Leaf Cottage is located in the trendy suburb of Observatory, Cape Town. ”Obs”, as it is known to residents, is renowned for it's Victorian architecture, eateries, pubs, shops, theatres and clubs on the popular Lower Main Road strip and is well located with quick and easy access to the tourist attractions of Cape Town.

Equipped with a bathroom with cast iron Victorian bath and shower (in addition to the hot and cold shower in the private courtyard). The private courtyard has barbecue/braai facilities and a comfortable table and chairs for outdoor dining. Off-street parking is provided behind an automated gate for a medium sized car.

Other amenities that are close by include the University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital, Rhodes Memorial, Newlands cricket and rugby stadiums and the world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Further details

A. welcome pack will be provided on arrival. Your host, Gwen, also lives nearby in Irwell Street and is available to advise guests on the area and the facilities and attractions as well as on the many tourist musts in the greater Cape Town area .

An English speaking representative is always on hand to answer your queries and to advise you.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Full bed
    Bedroom 2: Bunk bed
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Internet access
  • Safe
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


Check in time: 14:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

About the owner

Gwen F.
Calendar last updated:
10 Feb 2020
Years listed:
Based in:
South Africa
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English


Map and how to get there


Guest reviews

6 reviews

Very Good

“Une maison très agréable, excessivement bien équipée et une hôte sympathique et efficace.”

Reviewed 8 Mar 2018

La maison est équipé de tout le confort nécessaire. Elle est très fonctionnelle et le patio très agréable. on peut y garer une voiture. Gwen est disponible et… More

Response from the owner Dear Jean-Michel It was lovely hosting you and your family at Bay Leaf Cottage. I hope Gabriel did well at school with his project on Nelson Mandela. If you visit Cape Town again it would be lovely to host you. Take care. My very best wishes. Gwen

“Hübsches und gut ausgestattetes Cottage”

Reviewed 19 Jan 2017

Das Haus ist wunderschön eingerichtet, es hat zwei Schlafzimmer, ein geräumiges Wohnzimmer, eine große Küche mit Spülmaschine, ein Bad, eine Waschmaschine und eine Terrasse. … More

Response from the owner Dear Bernd Thank you for your review! It was a pleasure having you and your family visit Bay Leaf Cottage. I would love to have you visit again. Take care Gwen

“Home away from home”

Reviewed 26 Apr 2014

What an absolutely amazing place to stay. Very clean and comfortable with everything you need and ever wanted to make your stay perfect. Gwenni the owner and her partner Wayne really go to the extreme… More

“A fantastic base for a stay in Cape Town”

Reviewed 13 Oct 2013

Bay Leaf Cottage is a great base for a stay in Cape Town. Situated in Irwell Street in the suburb of Observatory, the house comprises two comfortable rooms, a well kitted out kitchen, comfortable livi… More

“très bon endroit, proche de tout, Gwen est chaleureuse et attentive.”

Reviewed 17 Jan 2013

Une semaine à Observatory pour découvrir Cape Town et ses environs, c'est l'emplacement idéal... Le quartier est calme, sécurisé et agréable, un bon supermarché pas très loin, un espace vert....à 3 minutes en voiture de la voie rapide (que l'on entend absolument pas). La maison est très agréable, on y trouve tout le confort: Gwen y a mis tous les accessoires possibles et imaginables (mieux équipé que chez nous !), rien n'est laissé au hasard...on a même découvert le dernier jour de nouvelles choses: revue, carte routière, rangements, tv,etc... On se sent comme à la maison. Gwen et Wayn sont attentifs et très réactifs...un régal! Surtout quand on vient avec deux enfants et sans maitriser l'anglais. Un conseil, un dépannage, ils sont même venus à notre rencontre en voiture pour nous guider: quand on conduit de nuit dans une ville qu'on ne connait pas et en roulant à gauche...c'est très appréciable. Merci encore à eux, grâce à eux, nous avons visité avec bonheur la région...ils y sont pour beaucoup. N'hésitez pas à y aller. Après quelques expériences dans nos précédents voyages, je peux les recommander fortement, vous ne regretterez pas.

Response from the owner The internet line kept being dropped. I am happy to report that this problem has been rectified. Thank you.

““A home away from home””

Reviewed 14 Dec 2012

Bay Leaf cottage is the perfect place to stay in Cape Town if you want something more exciting than a standard hotel room. We were made to feel welcome the minute we arrived. The cottage was spacious and clean, everything we needed was there. Mickey, the cleaning lady came in twice a week, change the linen once a week and the towels twice a week. The place was fresh and tidy every time she left. The location is great for business and holiday travel. Very well situated allowing easy access by car to everything Cape Town has to offer. As you step out of the door you get views of Table Mountain and can check if the cable car is running. Each morning Table Mountain provides a different outlook with its unique table cloth cloud and stunning scenery. Easy (few minutes) walking distance to shops, restaurants and Groote Schuur / UCT Private Hospitals. It was very secure with a space for parking. Wayne and Gwen were wonderful hosts, very friendly and helpful; (stay next door) nothing was too much trouble. We would definitely recommend staying here and would love to stay at Bay Leaf Cottage again. Three of us, stayed for two months, November and December 2012.

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How do I find more info about the property?

You can get in touch with Gwen (the owner) through the contact form on this page.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to send the owner a message.

What if I have questions before I book?

Send Gwen (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

How do I contact Gwen (the owner)?

Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view Gwen the owner's contact details or send them a message.

What's the difference between 'Book your stay' and 'Contact the owner/manager'?

Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online and send Gwen (the owner) a booking request. You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then

Or send Gwen (the owner) an enquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

What is a booking request?

When you pay online through the Book your stay form, a booking request is sent to Gwen (the owner). You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then.

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How do I know what it will cost for my stay?

Simply enter your holiday dates in the Book your stay form to calculate the cost of your stay.
Click Book now to see a full breakdown of the price.

You can also request a quote from Gwen (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your holiday booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my holiday?

Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Gwen (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call Gwen (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage my booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to view all your booking details, pay the balance of your holiday or cancel it if you need to.

How do I pay the balance of my holiday?

You can pay the remaining balance of your holiday at any point. Simply go to Manage my holiday booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage my holiday booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I retract my booking request?

You’ll need to contact Gwen (the owner) to do this. Send them a message in Manage your holiday booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Gwen (the owner) a message.

If Gwen (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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